Local arts council celebrates
creative abundance Saturday Music of The University of South Dakotaâ�?�?s Steel Drum Ensemble rang through the streets as the Vermillion Area Arts Council celebrated this yearâ�?�?s abundance with their Harvest of the Arts Festival, Saturday, Sept. 13. More than 60 artists brought their work to the historic Washington Street Arts Center. These included 14 musicians, three clog dancers, a composer, two filmmakers, over 30 visual artists and 11 published authors. The event accentuated the high caliber and diversity of art being created or marketed in our area, including Native American beadwork and other jewelry designs, mosaics, photographs, maps, pastels, watercolors, pottery, prints, Japanese-style ceramics, pottery, films, recordings, fabric art, books, African crochet work, and Guatemalan arts. During the afternoon in the sun, people of all ages enjoyed buying and selling art while listening to the music of the Buckaroos (Cindy Gehm, Bruce Gray, George Schlenker, Rocky Kickland and Sharon Gray). Or people could come inside to hear readings of poetry and prose or to watch Charles Naumanâ�?�?s film, Dada is Dandy. In the evening, the old church building filled with the music of Public Domain, a popular tune band made up of Owen DeJong and Nick Schwebach. They were followed by Northern Sky, an award-winning folk duo (Laura Brokus and Kristin Matuska). The two young women, who began performing together at the Wednesday night open mics at Latitude 44 in Sioux Falls, are grateful to Ed Johnson, a well-loved Clay County singer-songwriter, who directs the open-mic performances, for encouraging them. Johnson, along with Michelle Martin and Rocky Kickland also performed. The evening ended with dancing to the rock band, Narrative Feed (Skip Willman, John Dudley, Dennis Sjolie and Jim Batt). The Vermillion Area Arts Council invites you to help promote and feature the arts in our community. Contact Norma Wilson, 624-9279 to join the VAAC and get involved with events such as Chili Blues, scheduled for Oct. 11.